One silver and one bronze medal. Then, a sixth and a ninth place. This is the booty of Italgolf at the European Team Championships. The Azzurri “Boys” – Elia Dallanegra, Pietro Guido Fenoglio, Marco Florioli, Sebastiano Frau, Flavio Michetti and Alessandro Nardini – came close to the feat in Denmark and, at Birker ›d’s Fures› Golfklub, surrendered only in the final in front to Germany with the result of 4.5-2.5.
European Team Championships, results
Third place for the “Ladies” – Emilie Alba Paltrinieri, Clara Manzalini, Carolina Melgrati, Benedetta Moresco, Alessia Nobilio, Anna Zanusso – who, at the Royal County Down in Newcastle, County Down in Northern Ireland, dominated the final by outclassing Scotland 6-1. The title then went to England who beat Sweden (who had beaten the blue in the semifinals) for 5-2 preventing the Scandinavians from losing the poker of consecutive successes in the competition.
Sixth place for the “Girls” – Giulia Bellini, Charlotte Cattaneo, Francesca Fiorellini, Matilde Innocenti Angelini, Lorena Rossettin and Marta Spiazzi – in Portugal. At the Montado Golf Resort Spain, in the final, beat France with a score of 4.5-2.5. While in Girona, Spain, the blue “Amateurs” – Pietro Bovari, Riccardo Bregoli, Gregorio De Leo, Filippo Celli, Giovanni Manzoni and Davide Buchi – after the first phase of medal qualification ended up out of the top 8 teams only to reverse the their trend and close in 9th place after beating Ireland 3/2. The gold medal, on the path of PGA Catalunya, went to Denmark who knocked out France by 5.5-1.5.
Everyone in Norway is going crazy for Viktor Hovland. The victory at the BMW International Open transformed an afternoon of his undercover in a Norwegian club into a national and non-national media event. And so, what should have been 18 holes in relaxation with three friends have become 18 holes in relaxation with three friends and three hundred fans on the green.
Power of golf and power of the Internet. The 23-year-old is one of the young rampants of the international circuit, in constant growth and with one foot already in history. The number 14 in the world ranking has two titles on the bulletin board on the PGA Tour (the first Norwegian to impose itself in the USA, in the Puerto Rico Open 2020 and in the Mayakoba Classic 2020). As if that weren’t enough, at the end of June he was the first Norwegian to win a race on the European Tour. The success at the BMW International Open came at the end of June on the Munich Eichenried course: Hovland won with two strokes off Martin Kaymer and four Jorge Campillo.
Returning to his homeland after the success, Viktor had opted for a sabbatical week. No contact with the professional golf world: no interviews, no appearances and no interventions via Zoom. In the Oslo player’s plans, the will to regenerate on a mental level ahead of next week’s Open Championship.
His program includes a lot of golf but in great secrecy, including eighteen holes with three friends at Larvik Golfklubb, a club two hours’ drive from Oslo. The chosen playmates were Andreas Halvorsen (professional on the Latin American tour), Kevin André Wright (pro and former Norwegian champion) and former footballer John Arne Riise.
So far so good. None of the four, however, had calculated Golfbox, the Norwegian gesgolf, the site where tee times are booked. A member of the Larvik Golfklubb, looking for a time to his liking, came across the name “Viktor Hovland h.16.00” and couldn’t believe his eyes. He immediately photographed the page to turn it on a Facebook group. Once socialized, you know, the photo has no limits.
So at 4pm one day last week, three hundred Hovland fans showed up in Larvik to meet him. However, the “leak” did not scare the 23-year-old who, between a selfie and an autograph, played accompanied by his audience.